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Nick Harper
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Washington State Senate District 38
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Washington
J.D.Seattle University
Office website
Nick Harper is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 38. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Beginning in 2013, Harper serves as Deputy Minority Leader.


Harper earned a BA in political science from the University of Washington and a JD from Seattle University. His background is in land use and housing policy, and he worked as an attorney before being elected to the Senate. He was the Legislative Director for the Snohomish County-Camano Island Association of Realtors, and currently serves as the Snohomish County Conservation Director of the Cascade Land Conservancy.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Harper served on the following committees:

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Human Services & Corrections


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Harper served on the following committees:



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010

Harper's opponent in the August 17 primary was incumbent Jean Berkey. Harper defeated incumbent Jean Berkey in the District 38 primary on August 17 by a margin of 7,133-6,547. Rod Rieger (Conservative) was the other candidate to advance out of the primary. Harper defeated Rieger in the general election on November 2.

Across the country in 2010, state senate elections were held in 43 states. 1,167 state senate seats were at stake. In all 1,167 state senate districts with an election in 2010, only 19 challengers (12 Democrats and 7 Republicans) defeated an incumbent state senator. Harper was one of the 12 Democratic challengers who defeated an incumbent Democratic state senator. [1][2]

Washington State Senate, District 38 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Nick Harper (D) 22,089 59.73%
Rod Rieger (R) 14,892 40.27%
Washington State Senate, District 38 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Nick Harper (D) 7,193 35.09%
Green check mark transparent.png Rod Rieger 6,713 32.75%
Jean Berkey (D) 6,591 32.16 %

Campaign donors


In 2010, when Harper was first elected to the Senate, he collected $105,792 in donations.[3]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Washington State Trial Lawyer Association $2,400
18 individuals and groups $1,600 each
SEIU Healthcare 775 NW $1,300


Freedom Foundation

See also: Freedom Foundation's Big Spender List

The Freedom Foundation releases its Big Spender List annually. The Institute ranks all Washington legislators based on their total proposed tax and fee increases. To find each legislator’s total, the Institute adds up the 10-year tax increases or decreases, as estimated by Washington’s Office of Financial Management, of all bills sponsored or co-sponsored by that legislator. [4]


Harper proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $1.52 billion, the 9th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[5]


Harper lives with his wife, Lacey, in Everett, Washington.

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Preceded by
Jean Berkey
Washington State Senate District 38
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